Reform for Australian travel industry


first_imgThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is pleased to announce that on Tuesday 4 November 2014, the Tasmanian Parliament passed the Travel Agent Repeal Bill 2014.As Tasmania was the last state government to repeal the act, the repeal will completely eradicate the old licensing program that added significant business costs to Tasmanian based travel distributors.The decision came after extensive and careful consultation with industry, consumers and governments and the rule that all Australian travel agents must maintain compliance with the consumer protections afforded under the Australian Consumer Law.AFTA chief executive officer Jayson Westbury, said it is a good decision and the bill will benefit the Tasmanian travel industry.“This is good news for travel agents and good news for consumers. Tasmania is now aligned with the rest of Australia which removes confusion and allows the new accreditation scheme and other travel related business practices to be fully rolled out,” Mr Westbury said.Travel agents are now free to make commercial decisions which will make them more competitive in today’s market place.“ATAS accredited businesses have a head start in this process as their legitimate positive value proposition makes them more relevant, competitive and known,” Mr Westbury said.ATAS now has over 2,300 agent locations in Australia and to date 27 Tasmanian travel agent locations have already been accredited through ATAS.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img